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Ohio State student posts offensive video saying dating black women is ‘weird’
An Ohio State student is backpedaling on offensive comments she made about black women in a video many people are labeling as racist.
Miami University freshman Aleigha Mason shared a 10-second clip of Katelyn Rust ranting about how “weird” it was that her ex-boyfriend was hooking up with a black woman.
Rust, a white woman, was apparently angry that her ex was caught dancing with Mason, a black woman.
“First and foremost racism is wrong,” Rust said in a statement to The Lantern. “I, in no way, think that anyone is less of a person than anyone else because of their skin color, nationality, religion, sexual preference or otherwise and sincerely apologize for all the words in this Twitter video.” Rust went on to say that her “weird” comment had nothing to do with the color of Mason’s skin.
“I was quite simply very hurt, and angry with an ex-boyfriend and jealous of her. Nothing more,” she said. “Again, I say in the strongest possible terms that racism is despicable and I apologize for any hurt or pain this tweet caused this young woman or anyone else.”
In the video Rust is seen looking into the camera and saying, “F— yourself you’re hooking up with a black girl, that’s weird. That’s weird as f—. F— you.”
In the caption, Mason wrote that it was “crazy” racism still existed at Ohio State. “Can’t believe the color of my skin is ‘weird,'” she tweeted.
In a follow-up post, Mason said she was taking the video down.
“Not because I feel bad or because I’m afraid, because at the end of the day she is a human too even though she thinks I am less than that,” she posted. “Never let anyone judge you because of your race, Never.”
“We shouldn’t act as if my tweet never existed, this happens everywhere and there is NO excuse. Let this be a lesson to all,” Mason added.
The Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity, which Rust is a member of, also released a statement saying the content in the video does not align with its values.
“Pi Phi is taking this very seriously, and we are currently working through our member accountability process,” a tweet read.